Headlines for Saturday, June 29th

The Fairfield Founders Festival is set for today in downtown Fairfield.  Activities include a walking tour at 10 a.m.  Stage ceremonies will begin at 12:30 p.m. with an address from Mayor Brent Maguire.  On-stage entertainment begins at 2 p.m. and will continue until 10 o clock tonight.  Today’s event is being put on by Y-Fairfield, and President Luke Harl is encouraging those attending to bring lawn chairs, blankets, or some other form of seating to watch the on-stage entertainment.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a plan that will put $45 billion into state construction projects to build and upgrade roads, bridges, parks and schools.  The bill will include drivers, smokers and gamblers picking up most of the tab, according to published reports.  Pritzker called it the “most comprehensive reconstruction effort” in the state’s history, and said the investments will be over a six year period.  They include spending on everything from an expansion of high-speed broadband internet to sewage system development.  $33.2 billion will be spent on transportation projects, with an additional $4.3 billion expected to be spent on state facilities, $3.5 billion on education projects and $1.2 billion on environmental projects.  To pay for the project, lawmakers approved the expansion of gambling around the state, including a new casino in Williamson County.

Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.  The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety, and is only awarded to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicans and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital honors its employees monthly for providing extraordinary patient care and customer services within and outside the hospital, and has selected Lucy Ruhl, Billing Specialist in the hospital’s business office, as the June Employee of the Month.  Lucy has been with the hospital since November of 2018, and works the front office of the Billing Office and is the patient’s first point of contact when they present to pay or have billing questions.

The American Red Cross is in need of blood during the summer months as much or more than the rest of the year.  As a rule, donations fall off between May and August.  The organization is bringing back an awareness campaign to try and encourage people to donate called Missing Types.  The goal is to get potential donors to make an appointment to give blood.  Donation location information can be found at   www.RedCross.org

The Wayne County Humane Society will be running a microchip special through July 8th.  Microchipping is only $15 per pet.  The society is hoping it will reunite lost pets and owners following fireworks displays and the 4th of July holiday weekend.  The Wayne County Humane Society is located on SE 4th Street in Fairfield, just south of the railroad tracks.

Here are the area river stages this morning:  Little Wabash east of Fairfield, 26.48 feet.  Flood stage 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 20.4 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 30.2 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City is at 7.5 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 25.5 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.